In early California, Palominos were popular, and it is
believed that they may have received the name Palomino from the color palomino. The word "Palomino" is American
and one story relates that the vineyards of California developed a "golden grape" which was named "palomino"
and from the golden grape came the name for the horse color.
The Palomino was first recognized as a breed in the US in the
thirties. Two breed registries have been formed and breeds can be double registered if the color is
We train our horses the natural way and start them by foal imprinting.
What determines if a horse is a Palomino? The color is
determined by a genetic dilution factor. The darkness
or lightness of the golden or yellow coat is determined by the extent of dilution. When the sorrel or chestnut
is diluted, the result is a palomino. When a palomino
is bred to a palomino, one fourth of the foals will be double dilutions which is expressed as a
Cremello. The only way to get all palominos is to breed a
Cremello to a chestnut, which should always result in a palomino.
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Palominos are not true breeders. Breeding
' pals' to ' pals' does not always result in palomino foals. Supposedly, a
pal crossed with a pal results in one-half palomino, one fourth chestnut and one forth
Cremello. Pal bred to a chestnut produces one half palomino and one half chestnut.
A pal bred to a Cremello will produce one half pal and one half Cremello.